Paintings by Leonhard Groetsch (Germany)
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Welcome to the picture gallery of Leonhard Groetsch (Germany).
Leonhard was born on Dec 18th 1947 in Wuerzburg (Germany) as the oldest of three brothers. He completes studies of business administration at the universities of Wuerzburg and Munich with the diploma in Wuerzburg in 1974. He marries in 1979. Until 1992 he works as head of finance and accounting or controller for various manufacturing German and British companies in the areas of Stuttgart, Wuerzburg, Fulda and Marburg. Since 1992 he works as a freelancer in the audit and since 1998 he has worked as a private tutor. And Leonhard is involved in arts from time to time.
First exhibition in Fulda
His artistic talents be noticed already in elementary school. When he is 17 he starts to paint with oils. After graduating he discards the idea of studying art, because in the eyes of his contacts the perspective of artistic creation means poverty. So Leonhard becomes self taught, his paintings are hidden creations. In 1992 the first time Leonhard organizes two solo exhibitions of his paintings in Fulda.
Fight for a distinctive style
In the mid 90s, inspired by philosophical literature, he changes his opinion about what an art painting should be. He comes to believe that a painting shouldn't only focus on the ego of the artist but on a positve message. A further insight is that artistic creation is a religous work, an idea that was granted in previous centuries. Some books of the German philosopher Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker (1912-2007) have an important influence on him, in which the author explains the essence of art using the compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach as an example. Because of a dream at night Leonhard comes in touch with the book "Kabbalah in Dreamlife of Man". His wife presented him this book written by the Hebrew Friedrich Weinreb (1910-1988), who makes the oldest Jewish Kabbalah understandable for the presence. And Leonhard becomes involved in the works of Swiss' Emma Kunz (1892-1963). He finds out that her imagery can be decrypted be the Kabbalah. Between 1995 and 1998 a text about her work Nr. 168 comes into being, which, however, has never been puhlished.
Since 1993-1994 the Dolphin Series and the first paintings of the "Gospel of John Series" come into being, which start with the prototype of Count Art (1994), a Concept of Art which bases on counted strokes. Attempts to get a gallerist are not sucessful and his artistic activities die. In 2005 Leonhard meets the chairman of the Art Association Fulda by accident on the occasion of his exhibition, which he joins in the same year. Since then he was involved in more than 20 group exhibitions. Since 2009 he works also as cashier of the association and in 2016 he tried another solo exhibition.
These sites and their update have been existing since 2005. For more information see at "Paintings" and at each painting in detail. (Version November, 2017)